Telecom experts say 5G can handle 1,000 times more traffic and is 10 times as fast as 4G – equivalent to downloading an HD movie to your cell phone in under a second. But what can this powerful new kind of network do for the healthcare industry?
1. Increased reliability for time-sensitive results:
In the world of today, instant service is always a plus. Patients expect instantaneous service that adheres to their needs and want processes to be done faster – such as not having to wait in the doctor’s office all day – and 5G can help. For instance, MRI scans are very large files that can upload at a snail’s pace or even end up unsuccessful. By using 5G, requesting and receiving MRI scans could happen almost instantaneously. As soon as the patient leaves the scanner, the study is already on its way.
2. Better patient experiences through VR, AR and mixed reality:
Using 5G can better support voice and video inputs, giving healthcare another layer of information to help improve care. This also enables the use of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, where some therapies could be carried out at home. For instance, virtual reality
3. Remote monitoring for rural areas:
No hospital nearby? No worries. For those further away from hospital locations, they don’t have to travel long distances to get the care they need. Whether by using data-intensive video chat (telemedicine) or monitoring patients from afar via smart devices, healthcare can benefit from 5G’s high-reliability and low-latency nature. After all, online consultations can
4. Autonomous driving to doctor visits:
When it comes to doctor’s appointments,
5. Delivering data, fast:
5G is able to better support Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices, including devices that connect patients with providers for real-time monitoring and data collection via the cloud. Thus, the switch to 5G helps collect patient data at faster speeds, which enables advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. As healthcare represents
The healthcare industry is slow to change, but the introduction of 5G could just be the push needed to help the industry thrive in our fast-paced digital world. Having a 5G network provides the infrastructure needed to connect smart devices, enable new ways of providing interactive care and improve the patient experience.
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